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Catawba Professor, Author and Actor Will Be Keynote for 10th Annual Lilly Colloquium

January 02, 2013

Category: Events, Faculty, Theatre Arts


CorriherThe 10th annual Lilly Colloquium will feature Catawba professor, author and actor, Dr. Kurt Corriher, who will emphasize the importance of examining the artistic dimension of our lives. The colloquium keynote is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and is free and open to the public.

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Corriher will continue a tradition of previous colloquium speakers – that of helping students and other members of the community discern their vocational direction and calling in order to pursue work that will be found to be meaningful and fulfilling. He will approach this discernment with a special emphasis on the way that artistic expression through writing, acting, music and visual arts provides opportunities for this fulfillment and the realization of one's goals, simultaneous with 'making a living'.

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During his more than 20 years of service to Catawba, Corriher has served in a number of capacities including director of the Ketner Center for International Studies, theater arts professor, German professor, and project director of the Lilly Center. A Fulbright Fellow, he currently serves Catawba as a professor of theatre arts. An accomplished actor, he often is featured in productions of the St. Thomas and Piedmont Players, and also directs plays for the St. Thomas Players and Catawba College. He is the author of a number of books and plays including his most recent novel, "Salvation: A Story of Survival." 

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SALVATION by Kurt CorriherAt the luncheon that will follow the 11:00 a.m. presentation in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, Corriher will be joined by Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba's writer-in-residence and professor of English, and Dr. Forrest Anderson, assistant professor of English, for a panel presentation about the experiences each has had in their own lives relative to their professions and their artistic endeavors. Students attending the luncheon will be given opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

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Corriher will also make an evening presentation that will be included as a part of the day's Lilly Colloquium. He will speak at Catawba's Community Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the Tom Smith Auditorium of Ketner Hall.

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Previous colloquium speakers include, among others, educator Sharon Daloz Parks, theologian Martin Marty, former professional football player Joe Ehrman and columnist Leonard Pitts. The Lilly Colloquium at Catawba was established through the funding provided by the Lilly Endowment and Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values.


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